LISTEN to Andra Day’s Spotify Sessions Live from 11th Street Records

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The soulhead offices are heating up right now as we listen to this amazing three song set by up and coming jazzy soul singer, Andra Day.  Recorded live at Las Vegas’ 11th Street Records, this sensational vocalist delivers her Billy Holiday-esque vocals to the delight of all in attendance. We soooooo wish we were there. Read more of this post

LISTEN to Kanye West’s New Track “30 Hours” from New Album The Life of Pablo #YeezySeason3

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Our necks hurt from peeping this new track from Kanye West‘s new LP which dropped today.  According to his twitter feed, he is adding more tracks than previously expected.  After his surprise pop up event in Lower Manhattan (NYC) and his Madison Square Garden event last night, the World has been feenin like Jodeci for this new LP.  We are among those folks tripping right now.  Enjoy this new track:
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Be Forever Wonderful: A Farewell to Earth, Wind & Fire’s Co-Founder, Maurice White (1941-2016) by Michael A. Gonzales

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By Michael A. Gonzales

Maurice White, who was 74 when he died last Thursday after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, was one of the guiding lights of 1970s glam soul music. As the co-founding leader of Earth, Wind & Fire – the biggest and most successful Black band during an era when George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic, Kool & the Gang and the Ohio Players were also making records – White’s compositions alongside his talented contemporaries were rooted in more spiritual foundation. While his vice driven peers celebrated raunchy sex (Ohio Players) and bugged drugs (P-Funk), the EW&F posse was meditating, practicing yoga and reading their horoscopes. Read more of this post

Enjoy This Amazing Collage of Jazz, Funk and Soul from DJ Coolfonz, Superlove II #MondayMix

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If you were up late watching the “Beyonce Bowl” like the rest of the World, then you HAVE to be tired this morning. As such, we wanted to provide you with a wonderfully mellow and soulful mix of grooves. This time, the mix comes courtesy of DJ Coolfonz who reached out to us with this amazing collection. Beginning with a short interview segment by Donnie Simpson with the amazing Angela Winbush, the mix touches on familiar artists like Jill Scott and D’Angelo but also delivers a few unexpected turns with Haitus Kaiyote and Taylor McFerrin and Nai Palm.  The best part of this joint is that instead of relying on major hits, Coolfonz digs just a little bit deeper.  Although not driven by beat matching, the groove collection here leans more on quality song selection. This is definitely fine by us. Enjoy! Read more of this post

LISTEN To The One Track with Notorious B.I.G., Tupac and Heavy D. on It #TBT

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After peeping the amazing TVOne Unsung documentary on Heavy D. & The Boyz, we had to do a little more digging in celebration of Throwback Thursday.  In the doc, truly Unsung producer and member of Heavy D. & The Boyz, DJ Eddie  F discusses one of his solo projects, DJ Eddie F and the Untouchables.  One track that made waves on the album was “Let’s Get It On” which featured an impressive posse including  2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., Heavy D. and Grand Puba.  As discussed in Unsung, it was the only time you would hear Heavy D. and Notorious B.I.G. on the same track and one of the few times Biggie and Pac were on the same song. Read more of this post

Discover Pop Soul Heaven with Brittany Campbell’s Heroes Album #ICYMI


This past weekend, our staff was hanging out in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn when we came across a recent publication of local magazine, The Deli.  It’s January cover story featured up and coming pop-soul artist, Brittany Campbell.  Campbell lives uptown and has been gigging around town and even opened for Katy Perry. Read more of this post

WATCH Lion Babe’s Incredible New Video “Where Do We Go” Shot in NYC

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Over the past few years, we have featured this amazing group Lion Babe.  Lion Babe (Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman) , which includes has been on the scene for a while now and we are happy to bring this video to you.  Last Fall, we introduced the uptempo single “Where Do We Go” and now we have the video for this standout track from the forthcoming LP, Begin.   Read more of this post

Listen to These Three Essential Albums from January 2016 That You Probably Slept On [FULL STREAMS]

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by Greg J. Harmon

January was very intriguing month in the world of music. While many are anticipating the new releases from Sia, Bloc Party, and Rihanna, there were 3 particular albums that were released that were probably under your personal radar (but should be heard) including: Read more of this post

We Are KING, The New LP from L.A. Based, KING, will Make You Dream and Fall In Love #MondayMustListen

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Since KING‘s critically acclaimed 2011 debut EP, The Story, was released, many have been wondering where they have been. Well, the wait is over.  These three ladies from Los Angeles (Anita Bias and twin sisters Amber and Paris Strother) have really made an amazing record that is the perfect continuation of their ethereal, soulful and passionate initial effort.  Lead by haunting vocal all around and a subtle groove, we couldn’t stop smiling when listening.  Thanks a ton to NPR for hosting them recently on their popular First Listen series.  Join the throngs of fans from Prince to Erykah Badu who also love these sisters.

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Whose Version of “Girlfriend” is Better? #TBT

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Before reading Michael A. Gonzales’s impressive essay about Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall album, which appeared on Ebony.com, we were totally unaware that MJ’s “Girlfriend” was indeed a cover. Released a little more than a year prior, “Girlfriend” was released by Paul McCartney and Wings.

Apparently, Michael and Paul had discussed the song at a party. At the time, Paul thought the song would be perfect for MJ, but then later decided to release it himself on the Wings LP, London Town. As we all anticipate the release of Spike Lee’s documentary about Off The Wall, “Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off the Wall“, next week on February 5, we thought this would be a great time to look back at this great song and compare and contrast the versions.

Listen below and tell us which version you like best. Read more of this post

Listen to the new Musiq Soulchild Single, “I Do” [FULL STREAM]


We dig this new relationship focused single from Philly R&B crooner, Musiq Soulchild.  Like some of his other hit songs, Musiq delivers on this new joint that we suspect will be hitting Urban Adult Contemporary radio any day now. Read more of this post

Anderson .Paak – Malibu [FULL ALBUM STREAM + REVIEW]

This past weekend, a close friend and fellow soulhead, leaned over to me and asked me to listen to something she knew I would enjoy.  Almost immediately, my face scrunched up and my neck began to bob uncontrollably.  She smiled in agreement and gave me the details that this was Anderson Paak, who had been featured on Dr. Dre‘s latest LP, Compton.  “Ahhhh” I replied and instantly recognized his voice and vibe.  Fast forward to the next day when I would have a chance to listen to the long player, Malibu, in full.

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Moise Morancy – Dear President Obama (MUST WATCH) [VIDEO]


Although this has been circulating for a little over a month, we were just able to check it out. Powerful does not begin to describe this amazing work from Brooklyn rapper, poetic and actor, Moise Morancy. Surrounding by his friends, he eloquently pays tribute to outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama. He delivers his soliloquy with passion that makes us proud. Although the first line may turn off some, the remaining verses will inspire you. Please check this out and support this brother.  He deserves your attention.

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Biggie Smalls + Davie Bowie = Biggie Stardust [FULL STREAM + DOWNLOAD]

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In light of the recent passing of David Bowie, this short track, which mashes up Notorious B.I.G.’s “Dead Wrong” with Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream” is perfectly timed.   Shout out to terryurban! Read more of this post

Sneak Peek of Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson Documentary “Journey From Motown to Off the Wall” [VIDEO]


If you are like us, you probably yelled out loud when you heard about the forthcoming documentary about Michael Jackson by Spike Lee. Since MJ’s passing in 2009, Lee has been throwing annual birthday celebrations so it is not surprise that some of that effort would culminate in an effort like this.   This will be Lee’s second Michael Jackson documentary.  His first focussed on MJ’s Bad Album.

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Ali Creates Two Throwback TDE Mixes [FULL STREAM]

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Ali Creates 2 new TDE Throwback Mixes.

TDE is celebrating 10 years in the game with Ali’s throwback mix. Revisit some of the best early moments of the discographies of Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q,  and Jay-Rock.

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Whose Version of “Proud Mary” is Better? [VIDEOS]

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Over the weekend, the soulhead staff rewatched the TV One Unsung episode featuring Ike Turner. Yes, that Ike Turner.  Despite all of the negatives associated with his relationship with his legendary counterpart, Tina Turner, the two of them, along with the rest of the Ike and Tina Turner Review really made history.  After achieving initial success, they went on a serious drought with declining sales at the record counter and in venues despite having a very large staff to support.

It wasn’t until they decided to reimagine the 1969 version by Creedence Clearwater Revival that their fortunes were reversed.  This would be one of the most important records of their career and proved to be an amazing strategic move.  Although, at this time, much of the covers occurred in reverse with mainstream rock groups like the Rolling Stones covering underground blues and soul classics, this would be Ike and Tina’s entree into the proverbial “big time”.   Their version, released in 1970, would reach #4 on the pop charts (vs. #2 for CCR) and earn a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance in 1972.

Enjoy both versions below and let us know which you prefer. Read more of this post

Erykah Badu Spins A Remix Version of Kanye West’s “Real Friends” with New Track “Trill Friends”@fatbellybella @kanyewest

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Erykah Badu is at it again.  Recently, she flipped the omnipresent “Hotline Bling” by Drake and added her own spice to it.  Now, she transforms the recent Kanye West track “Real Friends” with her own take.  In addition to a few sparse lyrics, she adds a nod to the classic Whodini song “Friends.”  Fun stuff indeed. We really love her interpretations and look forward to her next mixtape project which is on the way.  Stay tuned and enjoy.
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Sade Bandmember, Stuart Matthewman, Gets Amazing David Bowie Tribute Tattoo #RIPDavidBowie #CoolTattoos

Not that we needed any more reasons to love Stuart Matthewman, who is a multi-instrumentalist known for his work with site favorite, Sade, along with his work with Sweetback and Twin Danger among others.  But now, he has taken his coolness to new heights with an amazingly appropriate tribute tattoo that he got today “on the spur of the moment” in response to the sad news of David Bowie’s passing.  Peep it below as we are sure more than a few folks will be heading to their local tattoo parlor to score something similar.

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Remembering David Bowie, the Thin White Duke #RIPDavidBowie


Words by Ron Worthy
David Bowie Print by Mark Ashkenazi

The World woke up this morning with the shocking news that one of the most beloved artists of our time had lost his 18-month private battle with cancer.   David Robert Jones, who was more popularly known by his stage name, David Bowie, changed the way the World looked at a musician.  Known for his glamorous and ever changing personna, Bowie embraced change in ways that would inspire multiple generations of artists from Prince, Madonna to Lady Gaga and beyond. Read more of this post